Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Museum of the Mind Bethlem Museum of the Mind opened in Feb 2015, and displays the history of mental healthcare and treatment. There is no charge for entry. Bethlem Museum of the Mind is a free to enter museum that is open Wednesday to Friday and the first and last Saturday of the month, 10.00 - 17.00.

Check out our website for upcoming events and exhibitions. Recently shortlisted as a Finalist in the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2016. OUR MISSION

Bethlem Museum of the Mind records the lives and experience, and celebrates the achievements, of people with mental health problems. We aim to become a leading information and learning resource for the history of mental health care and treatment.

Operating as usual

In #BlackHistoryMonth we're sharing what staff are reading. Our Learning Officer is reading 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bern...
18/10/2021

In #BlackHistoryMonth we're sharing what staff are reading. Our Learning Officer is reading 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bernardine Evaristo. “I was captivated by the time-hopping, intertwining character studies shining a light on the black British female & non-binary experience.”
https://bevaristo.com/

In #BlackHistoryMonth we're sharing what staff are reading. Our Learning Officer is reading 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bernardine Evaristo. “I was captivated by the time-hopping, intertwining character studies shining a light on the black British female & non-binary experience.”
https://bevaristo.com/

#BlackHistoryMonth reading: ‘Many black people feel excluded and only have a tenuous stake in the society in which they ...
16/10/2021

#BlackHistoryMonth reading: ‘Many black people feel excluded and only have a tenuous stake in the society in which they exist at the margins and are only noticed when they become mad or bad.’ Olijade and Ndegwa, ‘Main Issues in Mental Health and Race’.

#BlackHistoryMonth reading: ‘Many black people feel excluded and only have a tenuous stake in the society in which they exist at the margins and are only noticed when they become mad or bad.’ Olijade and Ndegwa, ‘Main Issues in Mental Health and Race’.

Louis Wain’s anthropomorphic cats to go on display at Bethlem museum in December, article from Guardian culture.  'Anima...
15/10/2021
Louis Wain’s anthropomorphic cats to go on display at Bethlem museum

Louis Wain’s anthropomorphic cats to go on display at Bethlem museum in December, article from Guardian culture. 'Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain' opens at Bethlem Museum of the Mind on 04 December!

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/11/louis-wain-anthropomorphic-cats-display-bethlem-museum-bedlam

Find out more about our upcoming exhibition here - bit.ly/motmLW

Eccentric artist was famed for outlandish drawings produced while a patient at ‘Bedlam’ psychiatric hospital

Tomorrow at midday our Mid Week Sneak Peek! Weekly short tours / talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that...
12/10/2021

Tomorrow at midday our Mid Week Sneak Peek! Weekly short tours / talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that are easy to overlook.
For more information see https://museumofthemind.org.uk/whats-on/events/midweek-sneak-peak/2021/10/13

Tomorrow at midday our Mid Week Sneak Peek! Weekly short tours / talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that are easy to overlook.
For more information see https://museumofthemind.org.uk/whats-on/events/midweek-sneak-peak/2021/10/13

This Tuesday at 4pm, Keep Up Art: An online panel discussion, drawing on personal experience, of the role art-making can...
10/10/2021

This Tuesday at 4pm, Keep Up Art: An online panel discussion, drawing on personal experience, of the role art-making can have in maintaining our mental health during challenging times.
Book your place to receive the link to join in - https://museumofthemind.org.uk/whats-on/events/keep-up-art

This Tuesday at 4pm, Keep Up Art: An online panel discussion, drawing on personal experience, of the role art-making can have in maintaining our mental health during challenging times.
Book your place to receive the link to join in - https://museumofthemind.org.uk/whats-on/events/keep-up-art

What we’re reading in #BlackHistoryMonth: Olijade and Ndegwa’s ‘Main Issues in Mental Health and Race’, page x: ‘There i...
08/10/2021

What we’re reading in #BlackHistoryMonth: Olijade and Ndegwa’s ‘Main Issues in Mental Health and Race’, page x: ‘There is still a long way to go in the exploration of the subject of black people’s experiences of psychiatry’.

What we’re reading in #BlackHistoryMonth: Olijade and Ndegwa’s ‘Main Issues in Mental Health and Race’, page x: ‘There is still a long way to go in the exploration of the subject of black people’s experiences of psychiatry’.

So excited to see this trailer for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain! In anticipation of the film's UK release, Bethlem ...
06/10/2021
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain - Official Trailer | Prime Video

So excited to see this trailer for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain! In anticipation of the film's UK release, Bethlem Museum is placing dozens of works on display by the artist and illustrator once considered to be a national treasure. 'Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain' opens 04 December 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzDr_tbL-es

To find out more about our upcoming exhibition visit bit.ly/motmLW
#LouisWain

The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to tran...

Midweek Sneak Peek tomorrow at 12pm! One in a series of short talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that ar...
05/10/2021

Midweek Sneak Peek tomorrow at 12pm! One in a series of short talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that are easy to overlook. Entry is free and you can book a place here bit.ly/38i88p7

Midweek Sneak Peek tomorrow at 12pm! One in a series of short talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that are easy to overlook. Entry is free and you can book a place here bit.ly/38i88p7

Our 12 and 2pm tours tomorrow, Saturday 02 October, will focus on #RichardDadd 's 'Agony' painted in 1854. Part of our c...
01/10/2021

Our 12 and 2pm tours tomorrow, Saturday 02 October, will focus on #RichardDadd 's 'Agony' painted in 1854. Part of our current exhibition 'The Passions of Richard Dadd revisited'.
We're open 10-5 with FREE entry, book your space for the talks here bit.ly/3EZ1UJY

The fictional subject of his painting was one Dadd could identify with. Not the agony of being chained (chains were banished from Bethlem by the 1850s) but (in Patricia Allderidge's words) from “his own tormented...mind”
#RichardDaddPassions

Our 12 and 2pm tours tomorrow, Saturday 02 October, will focus on #RichardDadd 's 'Agony' painted in 1854. Part of our current exhibition 'The Passions of Richard Dadd revisited'.
We're open 10-5 with FREE entry, book your space for the talks here bit.ly/3EZ1UJY

The fictional subject of his painting was one Dadd could identify with. Not the agony of being chained (chains were banished from Bethlem by the 1850s) but (in Patricia Allderidge's words) from “his own tormented...mind”
#RichardDaddPassions

‘Some Questions About Us’.  Mark Titchner’s mirrored placards were originally exhibited at the perimeter of the grounds ...
01/10/2021

‘Some Questions About Us’. Mark Titchner’s mirrored placards were originally exhibited at the perimeter of the grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital, part of @bethlemgallery ‘s Mental Health & Justice project.

The graffiti - RIP Seni - added by an unknown person/s ensures that the death of Olaseni Lewis, the young black man who died under police restraint at Bethlem Hospital in 2010, will not be forgotten. Seni’s family have campaigned over the past decade for change in the way psychiatric emergencies are handled.

Displaying the graffitied placards alongside Dadd’s ‘Grief or Sorrow’ holds open a space, amidst the passion of campaigning, for mourning the loss of Seni and others - commonly black men - who have died in similar circumstances.

#RipSeni

‘Some Questions About Us’. Mark Titchner’s mirrored placards were originally exhibited at the perimeter of the grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital, part of @bethlemgallery ‘s Mental Health & Justice project.

The graffiti - RIP Seni - added by an unknown person/s ensures that the death of Olaseni Lewis, the young black man who died under police restraint at Bethlem Hospital in 2010, will not be forgotten. Seni’s family have campaigned over the past decade for change in the way psychiatric emergencies are handled.

Displaying the graffitied placards alongside Dadd’s ‘Grief or Sorrow’ holds open a space, amidst the passion of campaigning, for mourning the loss of Seni and others - commonly black men - who have died in similar circumstances.

#RipSeni

Midweek Sneak Peek tomorrow at 12pm! One in a series of short talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that ar...
28/09/2021

Midweek Sneak Peek tomorrow at 12pm! One in a series of short talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that are easy to overlook. Entry is free and you can book a place here bit.ly/38i88p7

Midweek Sneak Peek tomorrow at 12pm! One in a series of short talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that are easy to overlook. Entry is free and you can book a place here bit.ly/38i88p7

Colin is moving the gnomes to the Boardroom to make way for a new installation arriving next week! See them today! We’re...
25/09/2021

Colin is moving the gnomes to the Boardroom to make way for a new installation arriving next week! See them today! We’re open 10-5 with free talks at 12 and 2 focussing on artworks in our current exhibition ‘The Passions of Richard Dadd Revisited’.
Free entry!
#museumofthemindsaturdayselfies

Colin is moving the gnomes to the Boardroom to make way for a new installation arriving next week! See them today! We’re open 10-5 with free talks at 12 and 2 focussing on artworks in our current exhibition ‘The Passions of Richard Dadd Revisited’.
Free entry!
#museumofthemindsaturdayselfies

Tomorrow is the last Saturday of the month so we are OPEN! Free entry 10:00-17:00 with plenty to see, learn and experien...
24/09/2021

Tomorrow is the last Saturday of the month so we are OPEN! Free entry 10:00-17:00 with plenty to see, learn and experience. Don't miss our free 12 noon and 2pm tours, focussing on artwork in our current exhibition 'The Passions of Richard Dadd Revisited' - to book your place visit https://museumofthemind.org.uk/whats-on/events

We found ‘The Prince of Denmark Hill’ in the Bethlem and Maudsley Gazette, the Hospital Staff magazine, in the late 1960...
23/09/2021

We found ‘The Prince of Denmark Hill’ in the Bethlem and Maudsley Gazette, the Hospital Staff magazine, in the late 1960s. A game for doctors ‘that takes up to 15 years to play’, we think it’s a joke rather than a serious board game…
#HBAHEntertainment

We found ‘The Prince of Denmark Hill’ in the Bethlem and Maudsley Gazette, the Hospital Staff magazine, in the late 1960s. A game for doctors ‘that takes up to 15 years to play’, we think it’s a joke rather than a serious board game…
#HBAHEntertainment

The fictional subject of his painting "Agony" was one Dadd could identify with.  Not the agony of being chained (chains ...
22/09/2021

The fictional subject of his painting "Agony" was one Dadd could identify with. Not the agony of being chained (chains were banished from Bethlem by the 1850s) but (in Patricia Allderidge's words) from “his own tormented...mind”

See this artwork in our current exhibition - The Passions of Richard Dadd Revisited - alongside work by other artists in our collections who, in common with Dadd but not necessarily inspired by him, have represented the passions that motivate us.

#RichardDaddPassions bit.ly/DaddPassions

The fictional subject of his painting "Agony" was one Dadd could identify with. Not the agony of being chained (chains were banished from Bethlem by the 1850s) but (in Patricia Allderidge's words) from “his own tormented...mind”

See this artwork in our current exhibition - The Passions of Richard Dadd Revisited - alongside work by other artists in our collections who, in common with Dadd but not necessarily inspired by him, have represented the passions that motivate us.

#RichardDaddPassions bit.ly/DaddPassions

Today at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed away this w...
22/09/2021

Today at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed away this week. Free entry & no need to book.
https://bit.ly/visitmotm

Today at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed away this week. Free entry & no need to book.
https://bit.ly/visitmotm

TOMORROW at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed away thi...
21/09/2021

TOMORROW at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed away this week. Free entry & no need to book.

Minding Too Much by Charlotte Johnson-Wahl is available in the Museum shop & online https://bit.ly/motmshop

TOMORROW at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed away this week. Free entry & no need to book.

Minding Too Much by Charlotte Johnson-Wahl is available in the Museum shop & online https://bit.ly/motmshop

This Wednesday at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed aw...
19/09/2021

This Wednesday at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed away this week. Free entry & no need to book.
Minding Too Much by Charlotte Johnson-Wahl is available in the Museum shop & online https://bit.ly/motmshop

This Wednesday at 12 our Midweek Sneak Peek will focus on the life & work of Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, who sadly passed away this week. Free entry & no need to book.
Minding Too Much by Charlotte Johnson-Wahl is available in the Museum shop & online https://bit.ly/motmshop

It's never too early for an advent calendar! Whether you're planning for Christmas or counting down to a birthday or oth...
17/09/2021

It's never too early for an advent calendar! Whether you're planning for Christmas or counting down to a birthday or other event, our traditional paper advent calendars are perfect! Featuring artwork from our collections behind every window. Available in the Museum shop!

It's never too early for an advent calendar! Whether you're planning for Christmas or counting down to a birthday or other event, our traditional paper advent calendars are perfect! Featuring artwork from our collections behind every window. Available in the Museum shop!

A student at the Royal Academy of Arts at a time when war and medieval chivalry were romanticised, Dadd shows an awarene...
15/09/2021

A student at the Royal Academy of Arts at a time when war and medieval chivalry were romanticised, Dadd shows an awareness of the true horrors of war in his 1854 painting “Battle or Vengeance”. See this painting as part of our brand new exhibition bit.ly/DaddPassions

#RichardDaddPassions

A student at the Royal Academy of Arts at a time when war and medieval chivalry were romanticised, Dadd shows an awareness of the true horrors of war in his 1854 painting “Battle or Vengeance”. See this painting as part of our brand new exhibition bit.ly/DaddPassions

#RichardDaddPassions

We have just heard the sad news of the passing of Charlotte Johnson Wahl, the inspirational artist whose work features i...
14/09/2021

We have just heard the sad news of the passing of Charlotte Johnson Wahl, the inspirational artist whose work features in Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and who made a positive impact on public attitudes by her openness about her own mental health.

Next week, there will be Museum tours focussing on the life and work of Charlotte Johnson Wahl: at 12 noon on Wednesday 22 September, at 12 noon on Saturday 25 September, and at 2pm on Saturday 25 September.

We have just heard the sad news of the passing of Charlotte Johnson Wahl, the inspirational artist whose work features in Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and who made a positive impact on public attitudes by her openness about her own mental health.

Next week, there will be Museum tours focussing on the life and work of Charlotte Johnson Wahl: at 12 noon on Wednesday 22 September, at 12 noon on Saturday 25 September, and at 2pm on Saturday 25 September.

Does the red hot furnace in Richard Dadd’s “Anger” represent the heat of rage? The story in this painting is unclear but...
08/09/2021

Does the red hot furnace in Richard Dadd’s “Anger” represent the heat of rage? The story in this painting is unclear but the associations evoked are strong: anger has the power to bend & break the body, & shape or mis-shape the soul.

See this artwork in our current exhibition - The Passions of Richard Dadd Revisited - alongside work by other artists in our collections who, in common with Dadd but not necessarily inspired by him, have represented the passions that motivate us.

#RichardDaddPassions bit.ly/DaddPassions

Does the red hot furnace in Richard Dadd’s “Anger” represent the heat of rage? The story in this painting is unclear but the associations evoked are strong: anger has the power to bend & break the body, & shape or mis-shape the soul.

See this artwork in our current exhibition - The Passions of Richard Dadd Revisited - alongside work by other artists in our collections who, in common with Dadd but not necessarily inspired by him, have represented the passions that motivate us.

#RichardDaddPassions bit.ly/DaddPassions

𝗧𝗼𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟮! Our brand new Mid Week Sneak Peek! One in a series of Wednesday short tours/talks focusing on aspects of...
07/09/2021

𝗧𝗼𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟮! Our brand new Mid Week Sneak Peek! One in a series of Wednesday short tours/talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that are easy to overlook.
Free but booking required - find out more here https://bit.ly/38i88p7

𝗧𝗼𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟮! Our brand new Mid Week Sneak Peek! One in a series of Wednesday short tours/talks focusing on aspects of the Museum's displays that are easy to overlook.
Free but booking required - find out more here https://bit.ly/38i88p7

04/09/2021

The next Stitching stop for the Coat, will be on Saturday 4th Sept at 2pm @bethlem_museum #coatofhopes #cop26
#cop26glasgow

We have lots happening here at Bethlem Museum of the Mind tomorrow! In addition to our Museum and our temporary exhibiti...
03/09/2021

We have lots happening here at Bethlem Museum of the Mind tomorrow!
In addition to our Museum and our temporary exhibition - The Passions of Richard Dadd Revisited - the following events will be running:

🕙 10:00-17:00 The Museum’s historic Boardroom will host a one-day-only pop-up exhibition by Xavier White - Words Are Not Enough Orrery

🕛 12:00 and 14:00 - Tours focusing on artworks in our current exhibition

🕑 14:00-16:30 The Coat of Hopes is coming to Bethlem Museum of the Mind on its way to Glasgow’s COP26 climate summit. Welcome the coat and join in with an afternoon of stitching patches to adorn it.

This Saturday 10am-5pm: Outsider artist and brain trauma survivor Xavier White launches a modern day 'orrery' art instal...
02/09/2021

This Saturday 10am-5pm:
Outsider artist and brain trauma survivor Xavier White launches a modern day 'orrery' art installation to help pressurise world leaders, gathering at the COP26 United Nations climate change conference, to compel them to seek solutions to the global climate crisis. bit.ly/motm_coh
No need to book, just turn up (bring your mask!)

This Saturday 10am-5pm:
Outsider artist and brain trauma survivor Xavier White launches a modern day 'orrery' art installation to help pressurise world leaders, gathering at the COP26 United Nations climate change conference, to compel them to seek solutions to the global climate crisis. bit.ly/motm_coh
No need to book, just turn up (bring your mask!)

A striking monochrome palette intensifies the feeling of Richard Dadd's 1854 painting "Grief or Sorrow".  In all of Dadd...
01/09/2021

A striking monochrome palette intensifies the feeling of Richard Dadd's 1854 painting "Grief or Sorrow". In all of Dadd’s paintings on the Passions this is the only piece without colour.

"Grief" will be the subject of this Saturday's 12 Noon Tour of the exhibition - tours are free but numbers are limited, for more information visit bit.ly/3i6KqC4

#RichardDaddPassions bit.ly/DaddPassions

A striking monochrome palette intensifies the feeling of Richard Dadd's 1854 painting "Grief or Sorrow". In all of Dadd’s paintings on the Passions this is the only piece without colour.

"Grief" will be the subject of this Saturday's 12 Noon Tour of the exhibition - tours are free but numbers are limited, for more information visit bit.ly/3i6KqC4

#RichardDaddPassions bit.ly/DaddPassions

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Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm

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Are the walks around the Bethlem still taking place?
The Art of Wellbeing series from the Devon Recovery Learning Community, by Julian Vayne. A series of free online mini-tutorials that you can find on our website under our Resources tab here: https://devonrlc.co.uk/drlc_online/the-art-of-wellbeing/ Art from all periods and cultures provides an intimate glimpse into the story of our humanity through creative expression. Our need to be creative is core to what it means to be human. The Devon Recovery Learning Community is privileged to have Julian Vayne from the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford provide us with these mini tutorials around how looking at and connecting with art can contribute to our having a greater appreciation of creativity as a beneficial force in our lives.
A friend of mine Liz Eldridge is an artist and recently created this amazing piece of work. I feel like I need to share it with the world 💜
Despite the cold a very enjoyable and informative Bethlem walk today! Then another great talk about 3 women who were patients within Bethlem and their histories. Thank you!
Hi, do your exhibitions ever travel? Thanks
I've just re-issued a 1989 book of mine as an eBook (Busters Fired a Wobbler - A week in a psychiatric hospital) and it struck me that maybe this is something the museum could consider doing with its manuscript collection? It would certainly make it accessible to a wider audience. See: Amazon:
Jenny has it in mind. to plan a visit!
will you be open on february 23 rd ??
Where is all the smoke coming from?
Any more talks/events coming up?
I've been trying to visit this museum for over four years but somehow have been thwarted - at last a friend (who worked there in the 70s) kindly offered to drive me there - mindblowing exhibition, disturbing, sad and ultimately peaceful were the exhibits. I love the feeling of space, light and warmth, friendliness of the staff, the beautiful grounds - can't wait to visit again in the spring!